Before you sit back and soak up the sun this summer, there are a few important things you should take care of, to make sure your house can beat the heat.
Summer’s on its way, and we’re all looking forward to long, sunny days at home with friends and family. Here are eight essential tasks to get your home summer ready. To help you check all the items off this list, why not apply online for an RCS Personal Loan? You could be granted a cash loan from R2 000 up to R150 000 to gear your home up for hot weather.
CONTROL THE CRITTERS
Most bugs and insects hibernate during winter, but the moment it starts warming up, they’ll be back, ready to invade your home. Ban bugs by pest-proofing your house. Do a thorough spring-clean, and keep a lookout for six-legged scouts coming to check it out. Repair cracks and holes that might allow them entry, call a plumber to fix any leaky pipes, and, if necessary, get a professional pest control service in to help you win this war.
CREATE MORE SHADE
Windows are wonderful, but if they let too much sun stream into your home, temperatures indoors will rise. Sun can also damage your carpets, furniture and art. South-facing windows are the biggest culprits in the southern hemisphere. Use your green thumbs to plant leafy shrubs and trees near these windows, or add awnings or shade screens to them to reduce direct sunlight.
BEEF UP YOUR INSULATION
Air conditioning can be expensive, especially with the rising price of electricity. A more cost-effective way to stay cool indoors this summer could be to update your home’s insulation. Contact a professional to install extra insulation in your roof space. This will pay off in the colder months as well.
MAKE FRIENDS WITH FANS
Another alternative to air conditioning is to install ceiling fans. Since it’s hard to sleep when you’re too hot, these can be especially useful in bedrooms. Ensure your ceiling fans turn counter-clockwise for maximum cooling.
DO RIGHT BY YOUR ROOF
Winter winds can damage roofs, and summer storms can quickly turn minor issues into major problems. Inspect your roof and chimney using a pair of binoculars to spot any places that need to be repaired.
GET ON TOP OF YOUR GUTTERS
While you’re inspecting the outside of your home, be sure to take a look at your gutters and drain pipes. Leaks and missing pipes can lead to serious water damage on your walls and foundations. Giving your gutters a good clean will also prevent overflows. Since this is a tough job, especially if your house has more than one storey, consider calling a pro to do it for you.
PRUNE THOSE PLANTS
Trees and shrubs rubbing up against your walls and roof can do serious damage, and climbing plants like vines and bougainvillaea that are left to grow unchecked can wreak all sorts of havoc. Have all the greenery around your property pruned before the summer growth spurt turns them into unmanageable monsters.
PROTECT IT WITH PAINT
Summer is the best time for painting, and a fresh coat of paint will make your house look brand new again. It also protects wood and plaster from rot and damp, so painting your house can save you a lot of money on repairs.
DO UP YOUR HOME THIS SUMMER WITH RCS
Ready to tackle these top-priority tasks? Apply for an RCS Personal Loan now, and you could get the help you need to ensure your home is 100 percent prepared for summer. Loans start from as little as R2 000, and you’ll get a decision in seconds and cash in your account within 24 hours.